News: Dani King 3rd on stage 1


Britain’s Dani King was third on stage 1 of the Women’s Tour Down Under and wears the mountains jersey

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News: Dani King 3rd on stage 1

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Garfoot grabs first Santos Women’s Tour jersey with stage one win
2016 Australian time trial champion Katrin Garfoot has claimed victory on the opening stage of the Santos Women’s Tour in Adelaide today. Garfoot escaped with a group of seven in the final ten kilometres of the 95km race around Mt Torrens and surprised her breakaway companions with a long launch to the line to secure the win.


“I think it was a surprise because they knew I was the worst sprinter and I knew that too,” Garfoot admitted. “I just had to do something to at least try.” “We banked on the move going on the last lumpy ten kilometres. I got away with a group of girls, all of them sprinters, so I wasn’t too happy with that situation.

“With 500metres to go I went for it, I went from last wheel and I don’t think they expected that.”

The Santos Women’s Tour kicked off the racing action in Adelaide with a lumpy road circuit around Mt Torrens. The race stayed together for the first of five 19 kilometre laps before Charlotte Lucus (Holden Racing) escaped and rode out to a 25second advantage on the second lap. As the peloton rolled through to complete their third lap the race was largely back together and about to begin in earnest.

ORICA-AIS was active on the penultimate lap, counter-attacking in attempt to break up racing but it wasn’t until the final ten kilometres that a move got away.

Dani King meanwhile said of her third place, “We knew the teams would be firing riders up the climbs, so we were at the front,” King said at the finish. “Peta [Mullens] led me into the last climb in third position, Katrin attacked up the last climb and we ended up in a group of five. I was working with them because we had a really good gap and I was confident that I could take it to the end and then it was a case of trying to set up for the sprint.

“Katrin went early, and I wanted to go with around 200 metres to go because I knew it was an uphill sprint,” King continued. “She went a lot earlier than expected, and I held on and managed to get third. Not a bad start for the team!”


Santos Women’s Tour – Stage 1 and Overall Results:
1. Katrin Garfoot (OGE) 2:35:12
2. Shelley Olds (CPC) ST
3. Danielle King (WHT) ST

45. Amy Roberts
52. Rose Osbourne
57. Gaby Leveridge
63. Lucy Garner




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